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Eternal Inheritance

Eternal Inheritance

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When we come to Matthew 25:31-46, many scholars believe Jesus was speaking of the end of the world, the end of time—some say even of the universe. Many conclude it is not only the time of the coming of Christ (Matthew 25:31), but also of the time of the Great White Throne Judgment (Revelation 20:11-15). Yet, no writer of the New Testament nor any prophet of the Old, ever taught about or even mentioned “the end of time.” Why would anyone even imagine the end of time at this point in the Olivet Discourse? While I would agree that Matthew 25:31 and following is, indeed, the time of Jesus coming, and that it is also the time of the resurrection and of the Great White Throne Judgment, Jesus did not prophesy of people and events 2000 years removed from the first century AD. After all, he came as the Servant of the Jews for the sake of the truth, in order that God could fulfill the promises made to the fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Romans 15:8). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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The End of All Things Is at Hand

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When we speak of the end of the world, according to what we see in 2Peter 3, what do we mean? What did Peter mean? If Peter meant something different from what we see in the text, which point of view should we retain—ours or Peter’s? Lots of folks seem to believe Peter was wrong to believe the end of the time/space continuum was about to arrive in the first century AD. I could go along with that, with this qualifier—Peter really wasn’t speaking of the end of time or the universe. This came to be a later assumption of the text, and such a thing is not found anywhere in the Bible. In other words, belief that time would come to an end and the universe would be destroyed is a modern assumption not supported in the scriptures. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2017 in Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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The Eschatology of Luke 13

Table Set for SederIt is interesting that Jesus mentions Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in Luke 13:28. Notice that Jesus also places all of the prophets with them, and all, that is, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob with all of the prophets of the Old Testament would sit down in the Kingdom of God. But, when would this occur? Was Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all of the prophets already in the Kingdom of God at the time when Jesus preached to the Jews in Luke 13? It would not appear so, because Daniel was a prophet, and he was told to go his way, and he would rest (i.e. lay dead) until the end of days (age). At that time, i.e. at the end of days (or the end of the age), he would arise (Daniel 12:13). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 17, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Paul and Hagar—What’s that all About?

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Before returning to the Old Testament, perhaps we should consider a few more questions concerning the slavery issue. Does Paul’s remarks about Hagar in Galatians 4:30 really show he approves of the mistreatment of slaves – “Cast out the bondwoman” – as some critics are quick to claim? Does God really command, as a few assume, that his people exclude the children of slaves when considering the distribution of one’s goods? [1] Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2015 in apologetics

 

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Child Sacrifice in Ancient Israel?

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A number of Biblical critics believe that child sacrifice was both practiced in ancient Israel, and such a thing was not only approved but even commanded by God. While it may be true that child sacrifice was practiced at times in ancient Israel, it can be shown that it was never given God’s approval. On the contrary, God abhorred such activity.[1] Richard Dawkins is one who believes such things were committed in ancient Israel and even commanded by the God of the Bible. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 8, 2015 in apologetics

 

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Philosophical Reflections on the Binding of Isaac

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For the sake of argument, let’s assume Genesis 22:2, “Take, now, your son…” is an absolute command by God, and Abraham must do as he is told. Is the ‘command’ of God immoral?[1] Certainly the new atheists of our day believe God is making an immoral request, as understood from Dr. Richard Dawkins’ question concerning the event, “But what kind of morals could one derive from this appalling story?”[2] The question then becomes, is the taking of innocent life always wrong? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 4, 2015 in apologetics

 

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Did God Bully Abraham or Isaac?

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The new atheists of today often point to the binding of Isaac as an immoral act and one of God acting as a bully to get Abraham to willingly sacrifice his son, Isaac.[1] Moreover, they make it seem that Isaac, a mere child (which I show not to be the case in a previous blogpost), was bullied directly by Abraham who seemed intent on carrying out God’s command, and indirectly by God who is responsible for the entire event. Notice how Dr. Richard Dawkins puts it: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 1, 2015 in Kingdom of God

 

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Figuring Out God’s Will

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In a previous blog-post I suggested that God, through Abraham, showed he did not desire human sacrifice—i.e. men should not seek his favor by taking the life of the innocent. Human sacrifice was part of the cultural point of view in Abraham’s day. It was practiced for the “good” of the many. If the idea didn’t come from God, as God implies in his command to Abraham, “Don’t harm the lad!” (Genesis 22:12), then the idea that God’s favor could be gained by sacrificing the innocent must have come from man’s own imagination. This has been man’s attitude ever since Eden. We’ve always tried to decide on our own what was right and what was wrong. Morality has always been what we understood it to be, not what God says it is (cf. Genesis 3:22). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 29, 2015 in Kingdom of God

 

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The Context of the Binding of Isaac

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If the binding of Isaac cannot be considered child abuse, as I’ve discussed in a previous blog,[1] how should we understand it?[2] Speaking of the binding of Isaac, Richard Dawkins had something to say and also asks how the story should be understood, if it was not meant to be literal fact (but I believe it was indeed meant to be a literal and factual story). Notice: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2015 in apologetics

 

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The Unnamed Servant and the Bride

At first I didn’t want to admit the calling of the bride for Isaac was a type of calling out the Bride of Christ, the Church, from the world. I thought it might be a bit too spiritually minded, perhaps a little too religious to be practical, especially as the analogy applies to the Holy Spirit, but I am unable to deny the symbolism I see here in Genesis 24. All types, if carried too far, will fail, but this does not negate the fact that the type is real. For example, all animal sacrifices point to the sacrifice of Christ, yet none of the animal sacrifices or all of them considered together could take away anyone’s sinfulness, as the sacrifice of Christ has done. Therefore, the type is real even if it is not equal in every way. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2014 in Abraham, Walking with God

 

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Seeking God’s Will

Although certain aspects of God’s will seemed obvious to Abraham, the actual choice of a bride for Isaac wasn’t fully known. What was her name, and what would she be like? Such questions simply are not known as one steps out to do God’s will. One hardly ever knows the end from the beginning. God alone is aware of such knowledge. Mankind lives in the moment and is aware only of present circumstances. The future holds his hopes for the fulfillment of his present labor, but nothing is guaranteed, or is it? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2014 in Abraham, Walking with God

 

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Choosing a Bride for Isaac

After Sarah’s death, Abraham decided that he needed to choose a wife for Isaac, but how should this be done, and from where should the selection be made? It was decided that Isaac’s wife should be chosen from his own kindred and not from the Canaanites in whose land Isaac lived. No doubt Abraham had heard of the fate of his grandnieces’ prospective mates when God judged Sodom. Therefore, Isaac’s mate should not be among those whom God has placed under judgment. Neither should Isaac’s bride be among the Canaanites whose destiny it was to disinherit the land. From where then should Isaac’s mate be brought (Genesis 24:1-3)? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2014 in Abraham, Walking with God

 

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Death’s Testimony of Faith

Why does it take Moses twenty verses to say that Sarah died and was buried? This seems quite odd, but, as we prayerfully look deeper, we begin to see more of the things hidden from a cursory read as well as the secrets they hold for us. Sarah is the only woman whose age is recorded at her death, and only she, above all other women, is given as a model for the New Testament Church (1Peter 3:5-6).

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Posted by on September 21, 2014 in Abraham, Walking with God

 

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The Role of Tests in Our Lives

Before we move beyond Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac, we need to see this as our own test, perhaps our deepest lesson to be learned. For Abraham, Isaac was not only a gift from God, but he represented the fulfillment of all God had promised him, but was Abraham’s hope grounded in God or in Isaac—God’s gift? What is our hope grounded in? Is our hope grounded in God’s promise of salvation in Christ, or is our hope grounded in Christ? Abraham’s life shows us that before Isaac, he looked to God alone, and after Isaac, Abraham looked to God alone. What a testimony to faith or more to the point that God is worthy of our trust! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 9, 2014 in Abraham, Walking with God

 

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The Relationship of Abraham and Isaac

Never before and only a few times afterward does the Bible offer us a view of the relationship enjoyed by two individuals described therein. Notice how the text describes the relationship enjoyed by Abraham and Isaac in Genesis 22. In Genesis 22:2 it says: “…your son, your one and only Isaac whom you love.” In Genesis 22:3, 6 it is: “…his son.” In verse-7 the text continues with “…his father… my father… my son.” Again is verse-8 the text has: “my son… they went both of them together.” Finally, in verses 9 & 10 it concludes with: “Abraham… bound Isaac, his son and… took the knife to slay his son.” Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2014 in Abraham, Walking with God

 

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